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Bern Travel Guide

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Plan Your Bern Vacation

Although Bern is the federal capital, you won't find much cosmopolitan nonsense here: the cuisine du marché, based on the freshest ingredients available in the local market, features fatback and sauerkraut; the annual fair fetes the humble onion; and the president of the Swiss Confederation has been known to take the tram to work.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Lived-in history UNESCO only made Bern a World Heritage Site in 1983, but the city's cobblestone arcades and clock towers have been beautifully preserved since the 1400s.
  2. Feats of Klee The spectacular Zentrum named for Paul Klee—the whimsical painter who hopscotched across art—is a tour de force of vibrant creativity.
  3. Undercover shopping Bern's got it all—from couture fashion to artisan chocolatiers—and, thanks to those famous arcaded streets, you can even enjoy window-shopping in rainy weather.
  4. The Zibelemärit Think of an object—a train car, an alarm clock, a teddy bear—and you will likely see it rendered in onions at November's city-wide celebration of the vegetable.
  5. Those sunbathing Swiss Warm summer days lure swimmers to the Marzili's sweeping lawns and swift, icy stretch of river below the Federal Parliament Building.

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